Building Your Own Electronic Projects
In This Chapter
Fleshing out your idea
Creating a workable circuit design
Building a prototype on a solderless breadboard
Creating a permanent circuit on a printed circuit board
For this chapter, we assume that you know something about circuits and components, have your workbench set up and have read the vital Chapter 4 on safety – you have, haven’t you? Seriously, if not, do it now: electricity can kill.
All the theory and preparation are fine, of course, but the heart and fun of electronics is getting your hands dirty building real working circuits and putting them to use. Throughout this book, we back up theoretical explanations with simple construction projects you can build to demonstrate the theory in practice. In this chapter, you discover the basic construction techniques needed to build these projects.
Specifically, you find out how to design your project and create a prototype of a circuit using a handy device called a solderless breadboard. We also describe creating a more permanent version of the circuit, in which you solder ...